International Exchange Students

Hildesheim and the University

University of Hildesheim

The Profile of the University of Hildesheim

The University of Hildesheim has four main faculties:

  • Faculty 1 Educational and Social Studies

  • Faculty 2 Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Communication

  • Faculty 3 Information and Communication Studies

  • Faculty 4 Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Economics and Informatics


These four faculties make up the unmistakable profile of the University of Hildesheim among the German universities. Hildesheim with its about 8,000 students is one of the smallest of the total of eleven universities in Lower Saxony. In contrast to the large ones, the University of Hildesheim allows students to complete a qualified degree program in an environment on a human scale. It is flexible with regard to the demands made on up-to-date university training and has made a name for itself by introducing new degree programmes such as Scenic Arts, International Communication and Translating as well as Information Management and Information Technology.

The University of Hildesheim is young, dynamic and innovative. It allows students to acquire key qualifications and attend courses from neighbouring disciplines.

An overview of the undergraduate courses at Hildesheim University can be found here

The Academic Year

The Academic Year

Each academic year consists of two semesters, a winter semester and a summer semester.

The lecture period, i.e. the time in which seminars and lectures etc. are held, is rather shorter: in the winter semester, the lecture period usually begins and mid-October and ends in mid-February.
There is a Christmas break of about two weeks at the end of December and the beginning of January.

The lecture period in the summer semester usually begins in mid-April and ends in mid-July. In the week after Whitsun, there is an excursion week in which there are no lectures.

The nonlecture periods between the semesters are usually used for exams and to write papers.

Lecture period

Academic Year 2023/24

Academic Year 2024/25

City of Hildesheim

Hildesheim with its about 100,000 inhabitants is a charming “small city“ which you can easily find your way around in a short time. You will find it reassuring to know that cafes, the theatre, cinemas, supermarkets and of course the university are usually not far away by bike or even on foot. For those who want to go out in the evening, the town offers a rich cultural life. There is something for everyone here – the “Stadttheater“ with plays, musicals, ballets, operettas and operas, the “Kulturfabrik“ with theatrical events and cabaret, ”Vier Linden“ and the “Bischhofsmühle“ with many concerts. And then there are museums, exhibitions and much more besides…

Those who enjoy the older and more traditional art forms will not get bored in Hildesheim either, for two churches protected by UNESCO are located here: the ancient St. Michael’s Church and the cathedral, in the cloister of which you will find the 1000-year-old rosebush, the symbol of Hildesheim. A tour of these two buildings is definitely worthwhile. Other historical treasures, particularly from Egyptian culture, can be admired in the world-famous Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum.

Another of the advantages of Hildesheim is its convenient location: Hannover, the capital of Lower Saxony, is just half an hour away. Other big cities such as Braunschweig or Hamburg and even the German capital Berlin are easy to get to by train in less than two hours.

Video about Hildesheim (in German): "ffn - Der Norden von oben: Hildesheim"


More Information about sustainability on the University of Hildesheim.


Before your arrival in Hildesheim

Application and Requirements


Language requirements: Incomings should speak German at B1 or English at B2 level!

Health insurance: To study at a German university, it is absolutely necessary for you to present valid proof that you have statutory health insurance.

Important information for all European exchange students who dispose of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and for Turkish student wit an A/T 11-form:
According to a new European regulation you can use your EHIC only for study purposes. So if you study in Germany without any job you have your health insurance via EHIC.
If you want to do a job or a payed internship, your EHIC cannot be used any more and you need a new statutory German health insurance.
Please contact the International Office and ask for an overview of statutory German health insurance companies.

If you come from a country which is not part of the EU social insurance agreement, you should take out statutory health insurance for your study visit in Germany. If you are older than 30 years, there is a special provision.


Application process

Hand in your application for one of the exchange places to the international office of your university. Your home university will nominate you and you will receive an email with the link to our online application form.

Note: An early application will increase your chances to get a furnished accommodation via the International Office!



Online Nomination (by the home university):

Winter semester or Winter + Summer semester: 15 May

Summer semester: 15 November


Online Application (by students):

Winter semester and Winter + Summer semester: 30 May

Summer semester: 30 November


The signed student application must be sent to incoming(at) not later than: 

Winter semester and full year students: 30 May

Summer semester: 30 November


Before applying, please consider carefully whether you really want this stay abroad and whether it is feasible in view of your study results. Each later cancellation means a lot of trouble for the International Office of the University of Hildesheim, so please notify us as quickly as possible (by phone or e-mail) if you can’t come to Hildesheim for any reason.


You will be asked on the application form for your preferences with regard to accommodation in Hildesheim. The International Office will do all it can to help all official exchange students to find a place to live which meets their requirements as far as possible. All rooms that we can arrange for you are furnished and are not far away from the University (at the most 20 minutes by bus).


There are 2 different options to choose from:

1. Halls of residence
These are buildings where only students live. The halls are run by organizations to which you pay your rent. Depending on the hall of residence you choose, you will be sharing a kitchen and a bathroom with between 3 and 12 other students. More information:

2. Private shared flats
Like at the halls of residence, you will live with other students (usually between 2 and 5) and share a kitchen and bathroom with them. These flats are privately run and the rent is paid to the landlord. The rooms are usually offered by German students who are attending a university abroad themselves. This arrangement is known as "Zwischenmiete" or subletting.


It is usual in Germany to ask for a deposit when renting out a room or flat. This is usually equivalent to about one monthly rent and it is returned to you if you leave the room in perfect condition when you move out.

Buddy Programme

The International Office will bring you in contact with a German student who will contact you before your arrival in Hildesheim.

The student will fetch you at the main station and accompany you to your accommodation. During the next days, he/she will help you with practical stuff e.g. show you the next supermarket, the way to the university and good spots in Hildesheim for leisure time.

Here you can find any forther information on the Buddy Programme.

In Hildesheim

The Introductory Week

The Introductory Week

At the beginning of the semester, we offer our exchange students a variety of events designed to make their first days in Hildesheim easier.

The introductory week kicks off with a welcome breakfast. In the days which follow, there are various informative events in the course of which we help you to sort out the necessary red tape. These include the following:

  • Enrolment
  • Health Insurance
  • Paying your rent
  • Registerting with the authorities
  • Other events taking place during the introductory week


To become a student at the University of Hildesheim, you must enrol, i.e. register. You will receive an enrolment form from us, which you fill out and sign. You will also need to provide proof of health insurance (see "Health insurance" below) and pay the semester fee.

You will receive a personal request for payment by e-mail from the International Office a few weeks before your stay. Please transfer the semester fee to the account of the University of Hildesheim in due time.

The semester fees are not tuition fees, but student fees for the Studentenwerk and for the student body, the semester ticket for bus and train and the culture ticket.

Detailed information on the semester ticket can be found here.

Please hand in the complete documents (application for enrolment - with signature!, copy of health insurance certificate, passport photo, copy of identity card/passport) at the International Office.

After a few days you will receive your UniCard from the International Office.

Health insurance

To study at a German university, it is absolutely necessary for you to present valid proof that you have health insurance.

Important information for all European exchange students who dispose of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and for Turkish students with an A/T 11-form:
According to a new European regulation you can use your EHIC only for study purposes. So if you study in Germany without any job you have your health insurance via EHIC.
If you want to do a job or a payed internship, your EHIC cannot be used any more and you need a new statutory German health insurance.

If you come from a country which is not part of the EU social insurance agreement, you should have a German statutory health insurance. Please contact the International Office and ask for an overview of statutory German health insurance companies.

Paying your rent

If you are staying in one of the halls of residence, you will (usually) receive a rental agreement from us along with the information letter, which you must sign and return to us. Please do not transfer your first month’s rent from home, though! We will take care of all that once you get here.
Students in private accommodation should arrange with the person subletting the flat when and to whom you have to pay the rent and the deposit.
In Germany it is customary to pay a deposit as security for the landlord when you pay the first rent. This is usually one month‘s rent. All students staying at the halls of residence have to pay this deposit. If you leave the room in good condition when you move out, the deposit will be returned to you in full.

Registering with the authorities

You will be registered with the Hildesheim authorities during the introductory week along with the enrolment formalities.

Other events taking place during the introductory week

  • Welcome breakfast
  • University rally
  • Guided tour of the library
  • Introduction to the Computer Centre (computer access)
  • Guided tour of Hildesheim
  • Intensive course in German
Courses & ECTS

Courses and ECTS


An overview of courses (in German).

An overview of courses in English.


General information on ECTS

ECTS means European Credit Transfer System.

This system was developed by the EU Commission in order to give students a guarantee that the grades received at a partner university will be recognized by the home university and vice versa. ECTS is mostly based on so-called credits: 60 credits can be acquired in each academic year. The credits represent the work done for individual courses or a group of courses with the relevant tests, examinations, projects etc. 

Here you can find more specific information about how many credits you can get.

German System of Grades

German System of Grades ECTS-Grade Description
1,0 A Excellent
1,7 B Very good
2,3 C Good
3,0 D Satisfactory
3,7 E Sufficient
4,7 FX Not Sufficient – some more work required before the credit can be awarded
5,0 F Not Sufficient – considerable further work is required

Registration for courses and achievements/exams

You will register online in two steps for your courses and achievements/exams at the POS system of the University of Hildesheim.

After your enrollment which will take place during the Introduction Days in autumn (winter semester) or spring (summer semester) you can register online for your courses. After several weeks you will register in a second step for your achievements and exams.

Please find detailled information here.


Transcript of Records

Please register online in the POS system for the seminars and courses for which you need ECTS credits and grades. Once your teachers and lecturers have entered the grades and your Transcript of Records is complete, you can print it out. Either your departmental coordinator or the International Office can sign and stamp it. Please hand in a copy of the signed transcript at the International Office.

In case your transcript could only be completed after your departure, please send it to your departmental coordinator or the International Office via email (PDF file). We will send the signed document via e-mail or to your home address.

If you have any questions concerning ECTS credits and grades, please contact your departmental coordinator or the lecturer!

Semester Programme, German Courses & Language Tandems

German Language courses

To help you to make a start in the German language, intensive courses on three different levels (beginners, intermediate and advanced) are held before the semester begins.

We offer two to three hours of German courses during the semester too.

There is a fee for the intensive course whereas the normal course held during the semester is free of charge.


Tandem programmes

Also, the International Office gives German and foreign students assistance in getting together to help each other to learn their respective languages (tandem programme). Registration forms for this are available in the introductory week or from the International Office.

Last but not least, you can apply for the Internationale Schreibpartnerschaft (Writing tandems). They are organized by the Lese- und Schreibzentrum. In this programme, students of the course teacher education accompany the language students and help them. You may find more information and the possibility to apply here.

ESN Hildesheim

Since the summer semester 2001, there has been a student initiative called "Erasmus on Tour" running at the University of Hildesheim. It's part of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and organized by Hildesheim students with the aim of offering Erasmus students various different events. The programme is very varied and covers everything from cultural programmes (trips to the theatre or opera) and tours to cities nearby and further afield (such as Cologne or Hamburg) to tours of Hildesheim pubs. The introductory week usually includes a "pub crawl" of this kind pubs and a trip to Hannover. For information on the activities of the Initiative, please also go to:

Reports from Erasmus Students

Ragini Rakesh Tahiliani

I’m so glad that I got the opportunity to study as an exchange student in University of Hildesheim, Germany for one semester. It has been almost a month to my arrival. I have had a great time staying here, I could meet new friends from various places, learn many experiences of life in several aspects in this country. Be it International Easter Party, International Sports Festival or International Dinner, the various events organized by the International Office have helped me to interact with my colleagues in friendly way.

Apart from the lectures, the practical exposure in the form of weekly exercises, helps in proper understanding of the concepts. Also, the faculties are welcoming. I have also got an opportunity to work on a project with the guidance of a professor.

In terms of personal growth, I have learnt to respect different cultures, and put myself into others’ shoes. Most importantly, I have attained first-hand global perspectives by immersing myself in another culture.

I am excited for the rest of my stay. Each day here, is a new learning.

May, 2019

Your Contact Persons

Exchange students from Europe

Ulrike Bädecker-Zimmermann



Telephone: +49 5121 883-92006
Fax: 05121 883-92007
email contact form
Room: HC.G.2.08
Consultation time: Sprechstunde: Di und Do 10-12 Uhr (digital in BBB oder in Präsenz) - Nur nach Anmeldung in der Learnwebgruppe "Incomings"

Exchange Students from outside Europe, Turkey

Steffi Dannenberg

Foto Steffi Albrecht

Contact: (Beratung internationaler Vollzeitstudierender (Incomings))

Telephone: 05121 883 92010
Fax: 05121 883 92011
email contact form
Room: HC.N.2.47
Consultation time: Anmeldung für die Sprechstunde (digital oder in präsenz) ist in der Learnwebgruppe "Incomings" möglich.